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A moody, effective thriller for about 80 percent of the way, and then our hands close on air. If you walk out before the ending, you'll think it's better than it is.
The New York Times
A thriller wrapped in heavy-duty gauze to muffle the chills.
TV Guide Magazine
The story's rhythm is so bogged down in unnecessary characterization that the film can hardly breathe.
Aiming to elicit a last-minute shiver from the audience, Gaghan is likely to get instead a mood-destroying giggle.
Hardly a nuanced portrait of a young woman's breakdown, the film nevertheless works up a few scares, particularly a tense call-number hunt in the library stacks.
The A.V. Club
Gaghan shows promise as a director, but Abandon leaves a lot of room for improvement.
Holmes, of Dawson's Creek, will be up the creek if she can't avoid movies like this. And so will you if you see it.
Has a few pleasing stylistic flourishes and a potentially Hitchcockian plot, but the writing and rhythm are so off that when the final "shocker" arrives, we have seen it coming or have abandoned caring.
Los Angeles Times
A trite psychological thriller -- all buildup and no payoff, a mystery that essentially offers only two alternative solutions, which diminishes the element of surprise and strings the viewer along way past caring which possibility proves to be true.
New York Post
A confusing mishmash.
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